How to pick an outfit colour that flatters your skin tone

Have you ever noticed how a different shade of the same colour outfit looks more flattering on you compared to your friend? It’s not just the skin tone color, but at times with folks with similar skin tone color too the same color might not look right. There is a reason. Beyond the skin tone, the trick is select the right shade of outfit that flatters your skin undertone and look stunning in it.

Just like how picking the right foundation for your skin is not only about the shade but also the undertone – warm, cool and neutral. Your outfit colour too flatter your skin tone making you look brighter when you pick based on not just your skin colour but also your undertone.

Are you ready to find your skin under tone?

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Let’s go…Here are some simple tips to help you access your skin undertone


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 Step 1: Start with Fresh, Clean and Make-up free

It’s always a good idea to do this with a fresh, clean and make-up free skin for best results. So try and do this in the mornings. Start by washing your face, then wait for 15 minutes. This needs to be done before applying any toner, skin care, etc or scrubbing, if not you will not be able to ID the true undertone

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Step 2: Go for a Natural source of light

You want to avoid any form of light that alters or tampers your skin tone to look differently or interfere with the appearance of your skin leading you to misjudge your skin undertones.

The trick is to sit next to a window or an outdoor sitting area, even go outside

Round ONE: Vein colors

 Observe the color of the veins on the inside of your wrist

If you are able to spot veins on the inside of your wrist, this the quickest and easy way to determine your skin undertone. Honestly, I struggled with this technique a little. SO, we will use this as one reference point but validate your skin tone with another technique.

Hold up the inside of your wrist in natural light and determine the predominant colour. Now the first round of results -

  • Neutral skin tone: If you can’t tell if your veins are either green or blue
  • Warm skin tone: If it appears to be green
  • Cool undertone: If they are blue or purple


Round TWO: White piece of paper

Use a white piece of paper, not off-white. Hold up beside your face. Look in the mirror, try to see how your skin looks in contrast to the white paper.

  • If it’s yellowish or sallow beside the white paper, then you have a warm skin tone
  • If your skin appears pink, rose or blueish-red, then you have a cool tone
  • If your skin appears grey, your skin probably has an olive complexion with a neutral undertone.
  • If you can’t determine any cast of color you have a neutral skin tone.


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 Ta da…. You just found your undertone. Now it’s time to get to business. Here’s a shade card to help you pick colors and tones that go with your skin undertone. If it’s neutral you can go with either.

If warm or cool, pick from the colors in the below palette.

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About Venus Fashionista:

The label was started with the belief that an attire plays a defining role in a person’s confidence and sense of self – ‘you are what you wear.’  A personal search for outfits infusing the artistic designs from India with a variety of global styles and silhouettes led to establish this label which stands for – contemporary chic. The label strives to create designs that leave an unforgettable impression, while standing out among hundreds with subtle elegance and poise.